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Young Goodman Brown

When Goodman Brown returns to the village on the morning after the witches' Sabbath, he is very changed. He used to believe that his friends and loved ones were good people with good morals, but...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

In "Young Goodman Brown," the eponymous protagonist heads off into the forest to participate in a kind of strange Satanic ritual that, in his view, represents everything evil and debased. Living as...

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Young Goodman Brown

In "Young Goodman Brown," Hawthorne uses the names of the two main characters for symbolic and allegorical purposes. Young Goodman Brown's name, for example, helps to establish him as a typical,...

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Young Goodman Brown

As Hawthorne’s story opens, the reader sees Goodman Brown departing his home to go into the forest on his errand. The conversation that Goodman Brown and his wife, Faith, have merely expresses her...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2009, 6:55 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The ending of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," as your question implies, intrigues almost every reader because Hawthorne leaves it to the reader to decide whether Brown meets Satan in...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The events that take place in this short story might have been a dream, but they certainly do not feel that way to young Goodman Brown himself. After Brown begs Faith, his wife, to resist the...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019, 11:41 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Point of view in "Young Goodman Brown" is not as simple as it might seem. On the surface of things, the story is told using a third person, limited omniscient narrator—that is, the narrator stands...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 2:31 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The greatest irony in Hawthorne's story "Young Goodman Brown" is that Young Goodman Brown, named after a grandfather who was "an old friend" of the devil who walks the younger man to the black...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010, 12:14 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The theme of “Young Goodman Brown” is the fragility of human spirituality. Nathaniel Hawthorne frames his short story as an allegory, and the names of the two main characters, Goodman and Faith,...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019, 2:04 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

However, an argument could be made that the scene is too contrived to be real. The whole town is out in the forest on the one night that Goodman Brown decides to travel through it? The pink...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2007, 1:00 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Hawthorne was fascinated with issues of evil and guilt because his ancestor presided as a judge during the witch hyteria in Salem. However, central to "Young Goodman Brown" is the...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2007, 7:09 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The conflict is the problem in a piece of fictional literature. The story of the background and development of the conflict and the struggle to find its resolution is the reason for the writing of...

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Young Goodman Brown

After witnessing Goody Cloyse consort with the Devil, Brown is left alone and he sees the minister and Deacon Gookin approaching on horses. He then sees his wife, Faith. He would see both of these...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2013, 8:38 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The devil promises that if Goodman Brown is baptized, he will be able to know the secret evil within each member of the human race - he will see "where crime has been committed, and shall...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2008, 6:53 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Mood refers to the general feelings created for the reader by the text. This story's mood is somewhat eerie and melancholic, even foreboding and tense. The story begins as Goodman Brown leaves his...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016, 6:54 pm (UTC)

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Goody Cloyse is an important element of the story because her character draws attention to how spiritual hysteria can lead to morbid paranoia. The real Goody (Sarah) Cloyse was accused of...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2016, 3:50 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The old man that Young Goodman Brown meets on the road is clearly meant to be the Devil. Brown knows from the moment he leaves on his journey that he is doing something that he should not, and as...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Hawthorne was very interested in guilt and sin, in part because of his great-great-grandfather's participation in the Salem Witch Trials. In fact, he was so embarrassed by his ancestor's guilt...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017, 11:45 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Since Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" is an allegory, the names characterize their owners. Goodman's name suggests that he represents every man while Faith represents goodness. Indeed, it is...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2009, 7:29 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

As he travels with the old man who resembles his grandfather, Goodman Brown is surprised to see the highly esteemed members of the Puritan community. As he walks on a path leading deeper into the...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2017, 9:37 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

"Young Goodman Brown" is a key example of Hawthorne's examination of the conflicts between good and evil that -- he believes -- are always at work in the human psyche. There are several ways that...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016, 12:47 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

It is not completely clear who the second traveler is. Even though he is older, they bear a strong resemblance to each other: As nearly as could be discerned, the second traveler was about fifty...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016, 1:26 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The story demonstrates that evil is the nature of mankind in two ways: first, Brown is evil in rejecting his faith (Faith) that people can also be good; and second by the fact all people in the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2008, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown and Rip Van Winkle both go on supernatural journeys. (Goodman Brown's might be a dream.) In Goodman Brown's case, his journey changes him from a trusting to a suspicious person....

Latest answer posted February 5, 2021, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The tone of this story is serious and grim, even ominous. When the devil admits his acquaintance with the Brown family, he talks about helping young Goodman Brown's grandfather "[lash] the Quaker...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016, 11:20 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

An allusion is a reference to a previous work of literature or art. One Biblical allusion in "Young Goodman Brown" occurs in the following line: So saying, he threw it down at her [Goody Cloyse's]...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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In order to have attained full membership, the Puritan church insisted not only that its congregation lead godly lives and display a comprehension of tenets of their Christian faith, but they also...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

In the forest primeval, Young Goodman Brown suffers a fall from innocence that is not unlike that of Adam. When Brown ventures into the forest in order to test his faith, he loses this faith after...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016, 5:34 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

In this short story, women are portrayed as either innocent and feminine—a role embodied by Goodman Brown's wife, Faith—or as sinful witches (a role embodied by Goody Cloyse and her deception)....

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Hawthorne criticized the ideas and philosophies of Puritanism. In one hand, the elders and followers claim to be men and women of "goodness", or God. Yet, they also teach in the other hand how men...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010, 5:03 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Whether Brown's dark experience in the forest actually happened or was simply a terrifying dream is purposely ambiguous as Hawthorne encourages the reader to exercise their own interpretation of...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019, 1:00 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

And when he had lived long, and was borne to his grave a hoary corpse, followed by Faith, an aged woman, and children and grandchildren, a goodly procession, besides neighbors not a few, they...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2013, 2:40 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

I see the pink ribbons symbolizing the ambivalence that Goodman Brown is experiencing in continuing his journey further into the woods. The color pink is created when you mix white (purity,...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2009, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Even though Hawthorne leaves the interpretation of Goodman Brown's experience up to the reader, there are various elements that suggest Brown's experience was indeed imaginary. The magical nature...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

A psychological reading would say that the "dark forest" is the unconscious where we harbor desires that our superego (the conscience of society--that which helps us distinguish what...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2007, 8:20 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Speaking within the language of Christian theology, "Young Goodman Brown" is a story about the nature of sin. It also examines and questions the degree to which the capacity for evil overshadows...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020, 6:54 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Nathaniel Hawthorne came by his knowledge of the attitudes and beliefs of the Puritans naturally; he was a descendant of John Hawthorne, a magistrate during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Puritans...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2017, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

In Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," the titular character embarks upon a journey that is apparently required of him. After he tells his wife, Faith, goodbye, he meets a man in the forest who...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2018, 6:49 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The central irony of "Young Goodman Brown" is the same irony that highlights the hypocrisy of the Puritans: the people who appear to be pure and religious by day are actually consorting with the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

This story is somewhat allegorical in nature, where Goodman Brown represents a sort of "everyman" Christian character (consider the Puritan honorary "Goodman" as ironic as well as "Brown" as quite...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018, 12:20 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Early nineteenth-century writers were preoccupied with examining unusual mental states, the power of imagination, and the borderline between illusion and reality. The literary preoccupation with...

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Young Goodman Brown

The plot of the short story "Young Goodman Brown" is fairly simple. Goodman Brown leaves his wife Faith to go for a walk in the woods at sunset. He meets a man (who is the Devil in disguise). They...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2007, 2:28 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Goodman Brown's decision to go into the forest suggests that he does not really have a good understanding of what it means to have faith. As he walks away from his wife, Faith, into the forest, he...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018, 10:42 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic story "Young Goodman Brown" is an allegory because the story works on both literal and symbolic levels at the same time. The literal plot involves the title character...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017, 5:28 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The overarching sin that the people Goodman Brown meets in the woods are guilty of is worshipping Satan. Goodman Brown finds them all attending or en route to attending a Black Mass. Because many...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

To answer your question as to whether Young Goodman Brown has blackness in his soul when he begins his journey, we only have to look at his farewell conversation with his wife, Faith, who implores...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019, 6:01 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

In a moment that foreshadows the arrival of his future companion, Goodman Brown says to himself as he walks into the forest, "'What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow!'" A moment...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2017, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

The short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” is told from the Third Person Omniscient point-of-view. The Third Person Omniscient narrator has the ability to both describe the outward appearances of the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2011, 7:27 am (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

Goodman Brown is surprised by all of the people that he sees in the forest consorting with the Devil, because previously Goodman Brown thought that each of those people were good Puritans. Not...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2016, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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Young Goodman Brown

As Goodman Brown travels through the woods, he meets a man that the narrator says could have been an older version of Goodman. “They might have been taken for father and son.” This statement is the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019, 1:11 am (UTC)

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